The Floating Pool Lady:
A Quest to Bring a Public Pool to New York City’s Waterfront

Mon, Jun 21, 2021
Cornell University Press

Historian and waterfront planner and activist Ann L. Buttenwieser is The Floating Pool Lady. As parks protector Adrian Benepe writes in the description of Buttenwieser's new book, "Never mind Molly Brown of RMS Titanic fame—meet the unsinkable Ann L. Buttenwieser! In The Floating Pool Lady, Buttenwieser recounts, with the energy of a suspense novel, her visionary quest to bring to New York City the first floating swimming pool in more than seventy-five years." From dusty archives in the historic Battery Maritime Building to high-stakes community board meetings, to tense negotiations in the Louisiana shipyard, Ann Buttenwieser describes the quixotic story that led to a floating pool tying up to a pier at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx.

Ann L. Buttenwieser

Ann L. Buttenwieser is an urban planner and urban historian. She has taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. She is the author of Governors Island and Manhattan Water-Bound.

The video begins with Ann L. Buttenwieser's lecture, followed by Q&A with Museum Director Carol Willis and Regina Myer, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and former President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The introduction to the webinar is included after the discussion.